• The R&D 100 Awards, sponsored by R&D Magazine, honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year.
  • Whitewood’s Entropy Engine was named a finalist in two categories, firstly in the IT/Electrical category and secondly in the prestigious Special Recognition category of Market Disruptor Services.

Boston (October 31, 2016) — Whitewood, a developer of crypto-security solutions, announced that its Entropy Engine™, a quantum-powered, high-performance Random Number Generator capable of generating 350 Mbit/s of true random numbers, was selected as a finalist in the IT/Electrical and Special Recognition Market Disruptor Services categories of the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, which recognize the top 100 technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

“We are excited to have our Entropy Engine selected as a finalist in this prestigious award. It highlights the importance of improving random number generation, the very foundation of all forms of cryptography, across data centers and security infrastructure” said Richard Moulds, General Manager for Whitewood. “In developing the Entropy Engine Whitewood worked closely with our partners at Los Alamos National Laboratory to commercialize their initial research. The Entropy Engine illustrates the value of public-private partnerships in cybersecurity and an ability to bring additional protection to critical national infrastructure through such partnership.”
Many applications and operating systems rely on random numbers. In particular, those applications that perform encryption, use digital signatures or employ other forms of cryptography use random numbers as the basis of their security. When random numbers are not truly random, keys can become more predictable and security measures such as SSL/TLS, PKI and data-at-rest encryption could become vulnerable to attack.

The Entropy Engine aims to set a new benchmark for performance and security when generating random numbers. Designed as a convenient PCI express plug-in card for servers, the Entropy Engine exploits quantum mechanics to generate pure entropy and delivers true random numbers at speeds of up to 350Mbit/s. The product is architected to comply with the latest draft NIST standard SP800-90B for entropy sources and non-deterministic random bit generators.

“The Entropy Engine provides an excellent example of how a national laboratory and the private sector can combine their skills and resources to address real-world challenges,” said Los Alamos Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch. “Not only does the Entropy Engine benefit existing security applications today, but it also demonstrates an essential component of future quantum-safe systems. The potential technology shift due to quantum information and computing systems has been a long-term research focus at Los Alamos, and now with the Entropy Engine we are excited to see this promising technology in the marketplace.”

In addition to being provided as a standalone random number generator, the Entropy Engine also forms the heart of the Whitewood netRandom product that addresses the need for high quality entropy in distributed networks and applications. The widespread adoption of virtualization, migration to cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) all increase the challenge of capturing enough high-quality entropy. Deployed as a client-server solution, the netRandom product is designed to supply entropy across an entire datacenter or population of devices and enable existing systems to gain access to true random numbers without requiring modification to applications.

This year’s R&D 100 Award Winners will be announced at the annual awards dinner on November 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland near Washington, D.C.

Whitewood is a subsidiary of Allied Minds Federal Innovations, the division of Allied Minds dedicated to commercializing U.S.federal intellectual property. Allied Minds is an innovative U.S. science and technology development and commercialization company. Operating since 2006, Allied Minds forms, funds, manages and builds products and businesses based on innovative technologies developed at leading U.S. universities and federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified holding company that supports its businesses and product development with capital, central management and shared services. More information about the Boston-based company can be found at www.alliedminds.com.